LECOM finalizes building purchase for dental clinic in DeFuniak Springs

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 04:26 PM.

 When it opens in 2015, the clinic at 100 Coy Burgess Loop will have 30 dental treatment rooms to serve patients who face challenges in obtaining necessary dental care. Students, under the direct supervision of licensed dental faculty, are expected to see 150 patients per day.

The dental clinic will have a direct economic impact on the local area.  It would effectively provide 24 new jobs, including one full-time dentist and 12 part-time dental faculty members.

Former City of DeFuniak Springs Councilman Mac Work said the dental patient clinic will be a “Godsend to health care in the area.”

“This is going to have a huge economic impact for us,” said Work. “There’s a large population of people in this area and surrounding counties who are in need of the services that LECOM is going to provide.”

Beginning in the fall of 2015, the first 50 LECOM dental students will move to this community and begin a 48-week primary care clinical rotation. They will provide total comprehensive dental care to qualified patients. Students will work in two shifts at the patient clinic — 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Each year, a new class of dental students will move to the area to complete their final year of clinical training.

“We see ourselves as an added presence of oral health care for the area, along with being an asset for the local dentists and patients,” said Robert Hirsch, D.D.S., dean of the LECOM School of Dental Medicine.

Patients on a fixed income or with Florida medical assistance may qualify for services. Fees at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine clinic are approximately 60 percent less than the customary rates of local area providers.



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